Objet No. 1 - Review
This project rises from the ashes of the band Katzenjammer Kabarett
with the members consisting of Viktor B (vocals), Mr. Guillotine (bass guitar), Mr. Monsterhead (guitar), Mr. Max (drums) and Klischee (piano / synths).
This album marks the debut under this new project with an eclectic take on a wide range of styles within the gothic and post-punk genres ranging from electro-pop to cabaret and punk. The album comes packed with this dynamic music across eleven tracks and comes packaged in a nice eco-friendly cardboard digipack.
The album starts off heavy in the cabaret genre and slowly shifts and flows through the various mixes of synth and post-punk styles. "Miracle" kicks it off with wild piano, violin and syncopated rhythms bringing to mind visions of fun-loving punk and death rock artists in outlandish outfits and makeup dancing and performing to this music. This isn't even the craziest piece on this album, "The Baron Samedi's End" really goes off toward the end of the track when the beat picks up double-time and pretty much every instrument and percussion play and crash at super-sonic speed through a crazy mind-blowing finale to this piece. For those really looking for something to super-charge the adrenaline rush, I suppose these first couple of pieces are a great addition, but you definitely have to be in the mood for it.
Once we make it past these first two pieces, the overall styles start to become a little more anchored in a synth-laiden foundation bringing out more of a classic post-punk style while still maintaining that crazy, fun-loving air across each piece. The grisly "Harold and the Body" is an excellent example of melding electronics with dark-cabaret and punk styles, especially when the vocals become slightly distorted. "Sinking" kicks in with a driving beat and vocals that bring back memories of classic Siouxsie and the Banshees
meets the electro-clash sounds of Stereo Total
. This playful mix of styles, vocals and macabre lyrics continue on in "Let's Burn Them" among others.
As we get past the midway point of the we shift back into a classical mix of cabaret and punk on "The Silent Guest" and "Voodoo Catwalk" with a fun, swinging groove and the sassy vocals. A short "Interlude" serves as an intro to "Lithopedion Boy" which sports more of a classic new wave style and male vocals taking the lead, a bit of a shift from the standard sound on this album. This leads us into the final piece with a heavy electronics foundation, anchored heavily in the darkwave style with a mix of this heavy electronic style punctuated by occasional piano, pulsating bass and a moving beat. This definitely comes out as a potential club favorite and a great finale to the album.
Overall this is definitely not your standard goth/industrial album, harkening back to a day when "weird" and unconventional was more a part of the scene in the 80's and 90's goth scene with bands like Alien Sex Fiend
or Virgin Prunes
alongside Siouxsie and the Banshees
and The Cure
, this band shifts comfortably in place. Check it out and enjoy!
Label: Projekt Records